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California Energy Commission Adds Two Power Plants
to Licensing Process
The Energy Commission voted 5-0 to accept the City of Industry's Walnut Creek Energy Park in Los Angeles County and Romoland's Sun Valley Energy Project in Riverside County as "data adequate." The vote means the Commission has enough information to begin evaluating the projects.
Throughout the projects' 12-month licensing process, the Energy Commission will conduct public workshops and hearings on the proposals to determine whether they should be approved for construction and operation and under what set of permit conditions.
Walnut Creek Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of Edison Mission Energy, is proposing to build the 500 megawatt (MW) Walnut Creek Energy Park, a natural gas-fired power plant. The proposed peaking facility would generate electricity during periods of high demand. It would consist of five 100 MW combustion turbine generators and would connect to the electricity grid through a 230 kilovolt (kV) line to the SCE Walnut Substation.
Valle del Sol Energy, LLC, another Edison Mission Energy subsidiary, is planning the 500 MW Sun Valley Energy Project, another natural gas-fired plant. The project, also a peaker plant, would be connected to the SCE transmission grid through a 115 kV connection with the SCE Valley Substation.
If both projects are licensed, they would join Mountainview Power Plant Project in Redlands, San Bernardino County. Mountainview began generating on December 10 and was fully operational on January 19, generating 1,056 MW.
Since deregulation occurred in 1998, the Energy Commission has licensed or given small power plant exemptions to 54 facilities, totaling 22,906 megawatts. Since Governor Schwarzenegger took office, 11 of these power plants, totaling 6,173 megawatts, have been approved. Thirty-two newly licensed power plants are in operation, producing 11,673 megawatts. In addition, five projects are active in the Energy Commission's review process representing 1,445 megawatts. More information on Energy Commission power plant projects is available at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/all_projects.html
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